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Fourberry® Black Saphir®

The (as of now) latest fourberry

Fourberry® Black Saphir®


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Product information "Fourberry® Black Saphir®"

Growth: Relatively upright and taut habit, yet compact, 120-150 cm, very healthy
Flowers: Bright yellow flowers that appear around 20 April
Maturity: From early August
Fruits: Compact clusters with large berries
Flavour: Fruits are sour, but also have enough sugar; they must be fully ripe, then there is a fruity aroma
The Fourberry Black Saphir® is self-fertile and does not need a separate pollinator.
What are "Fourberries®?
Botanically these berries are Ribes aureum, gold currants, which are sometimes also called Ribes odoratum. Originally, this species is a prairie plant that was found in many (mainly western) countries of North America; it is robust, hardy and drought resistant.

How and where were the Fourberries® bred?
We at Lubera have selected the Fourberry varieties from several thousand seedlings. We have selected the best varieties in terms of the flowers, fragrance, fruits and autumn colour. And our breeding work continues!
When are Fourberries® ripe?
Much later, as it first may seem. Especially with the late-ripening and large-fruited Fourberries, one is usually tempted to pick the fruit as soon as they just start to turn black. They should only be picked once the first neighbouring fruits begin to burst from maturity and when the berries almost fall into your hand. Then they are ripe, sweet, and have a resinous, interesting flavour (without the taste of cassis). The harvest of a bush/variety may then take two to three weeks; there is always enough to harvest for your daily cereal!

How can Fourberries® be used?
Fresh as a snack, the late-ripening black varieties have fruits that are almost the size of marbles. Eat them daily in cereal. They can also be frozen or processed into jam and juice.
Fourberries® as raisins
The bursting fruit that you always see on crowded bushes are not wasted. Let them hang... and in reasonably normal years with not too much precipitation they will dry in 2 - 3 weeks to sweet and tasty raisins. This was probably how the indians used Fourberries...

How are Fourberries® grown and pruned?
Fourberries are best grown as bushes. In the first year, the shrubs bloom heavily and usually even bear the first fruits. The highest fruit yield is on the 2- and 3-year-old shoots. To rejuvenate the plant, it pays to remove shoots annually that are older than 4 years.
  • Flowering Period April, May
  • Ripeness/Harvest Period August
  • Final height 120cm to 160cm
  • Final width 80cm to 100cm
  • Available February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Plant Type deciduous
  • Autumn Colouration shades of red and yellow
  • Fragrance fragrant
  • Sweetness sweet/sour
  • Use for wild gardens, as a hedge, for group plantings, as a specimen plant
  • Hardiness hardy
  • Soil moist, dry, heavy, moderately heavy, light, slightly alkaline, neutral, slightly acidic
  • Location partial shade, full sun
  • Flower Colour yellow
  • Leaf Colour green
  • Lubera Breeding This plant was bred by Lubera in Switzerland and placed on the market after extensive testing at our facilities in Buchs (CH) and Bad Zwischenahn (D). In 20 years of work, Lubera's founder and breeder Markus Kobelt has bred more than 80 of his own new varieties for the home garden; they all have the goal of providing you, our customers, with more experience and flavour, easier growing and more resistant, more robust varieties.

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May 8, 2015

forberry black saphir (richard)

thinking about buying a plant but want to know what can the fruits be used for etc jam. pies or just as they are, what do they taste of sweet sour and the nutrition values are they related to blueberries or cranberries